Sustainability for SMEs

The IKC3 ‘Sustainability for SMEs’ programme aims to support and empower small to medium enterprise and a range of organisations in a practical, actionable way to take control of their sustainability planning and monitoring needs. Comprised of six interactive sessions over 12 weeks, the programme will guide participants in the creation of their Sustainability Plan and a clear Roadmap to Sustainability tailored to the specific needs of each organisation. The sessions are structured to guide and create incremental but meaningful changes into any business ororganisation and to develop a Sustainability Plan for all stakeholders & clients.


Key to this is an assessment of current operations, defining and setting clearactionable objectives and tools to engage with staff and stakeholders to identify areas for improvement, developing strategies, monitoring progress, and laying the foundation for an effective and practical sustainability journey roadmap. Globally and nationally, SMEs play a vital role in driving economic growth and innovation. Implementing a sustainability plan can help these small to medium enterprises tobecome more resilient, uncover cost efficiencies, preempt upcoming rules andregulations, improve brand reputation, and gain a competitive edge.

How will the course benefit my career/organisation?

Sustainability skills are high in demand across as sectors and organisations. It isimperative to have a structured sustainability plan that meets existing andupcoming legislation, reporting and policy change. This course will support yourcareer prospects through the addition of valuable skills and knowledge thatbenefit your place of work, your business or organisation with clear actionablesustainability targets, monitoring tools and strategy for growth and development.

What to expect.......

  • Develop your sustainability plan in 6 sessions over a 12 week period
  • Resource Management & Policy – Influencing and Competing Factors for SMEs
  • Inspiration from real world SMEs in climate transition action, reporting and monitoring
  • Sustainability Roadmap – Design and strategic pillars for successful implementation
  • Green Team – Building the team and developinginternal leadership skills & project ownership
  • Communicating Sustainability Credentials –Internal, external stakeholders, suppliers &customers

Entry Requirements

This programme is designed for those who have reached NFQ level 7 degree in business, HR, sales, management, engineering, food & beverage sector, marketing or any relevant degree area. The University’s policy in relation to recognition of prior learning (RPL) also applies.

Course Information

1 semester, part-time, evening sessions once a fortnight for 12 weeks. 

COST: €725 before 80% HCI learner fee subsidy applied.

SUBSIDISED COST: €145 (limited places available)

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HCI Learner Fee Subsidy

Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria may qualify for am 80% fee subsidy (subject to the availability of subsidized places). For eligibility details, please refer to the Eligibility Criteria via the link below.

Phone: +353 (0)66 719 1701

“We are very excited about delivering this much needed training for SMEsin Ireland who account for 99% of active enterprises and 70% ofemployment. Those who create and lead SMEs in Ireland are incrediblydiverse – from family owned businesses, rural-owner managers, traditional,high growth and technology start-ups and the IKC3 Project is focused onsupporting these key stakeholders in the Irish economy to develop andfuture proof their businesses in the transition towards a net zero society.”
Dr Helena McMahon

Delivery Team

Helena McMahon

Dr Helena McMahon
Director IKC3 Project, MTU


Patricia Kane
Sustainability Strategist

Eve Savage

Eve Savage
Educational Designer, MTU